A very quick, but insightful read into the craziness that is the private school system in Manhattan. Although it is a work of fiction, one gets the impression that it is not that far off the mark. If you liked Nanny Diaries you will definitely like this book.
The vicious Manhattan sport of getting your child into the right so he can be admitted to the appropriate Ivy. Of course, the parents turn the competition into a greater face-off the the WWF championships.
satire of the admissions processes by which adolescents get into the top feeder schools in New York City, Admissions is about the struggle parents go through as they worry about their child's future.
"The Tuesday after Labor Day marked the official start of admissions season, the Manhattan parents' version of a blood sport." Thus begins Admissions, comedic and irreverent, and a fantastic novel in general. Helen Drager is one of the parents at The School, a K-8 "feeder-feeder" to some of the best private schools in the city. How she tries to get her daughter admitted to schools with such names as, "The Fancy Girls' School," and "The Progressive School," is a small part of this excellent novel. Her daughter, Zoe, feels caught up in the whirlwind of admissions activity which plagues her during the frustrating months between September and February.
We also get a look at the life of Sara Nash, the head of Admissions at The School. Able to maintain her sense of humor, Sara seems to be the only character in this novel who can see things in proportion. She has to run the gamut of children whose parents are what determine whether or not they get in- due to fame, money, etc.
Cute Book, Easy Read. The story revolves around several New York City moms that are DESPERATE to get their child into a private school. Mother's will stop at nothing to ensure a that their child has a place at New Yorks finest. The book is full of cheating, liying, bribes and cons. But the moral of the story is, do the parents actually take the child's feelings into consideration?